The Festival of ThinkIns
28–29 June 2019

Thank you to everybody – brilliant experts and all our lovely members and guests – who braved central London in 30 degree heat to be part of our launch event. We enjoyed it so much, we’re thinking of doing it again…

 

 

Click the events below to watch the ThinkIns in full and read our editors’ take on how the conversations we had are informing our journalism.

Friday 28 June

The future of the party: the Conservatives

Does it matter that the  Conservative party has become so unrepresentative – and what’s to be done about it?

Should men and women be paid the same in sport?

Of course they should, the real question is how we get there.

A family of brands: have the Royals pulled off a marketing coup?

Windsor, Wales, Cambridge and Sussex: the four royal brands may just be a work of genius.

What are we for?

It’s early days for Tortoise. We want to hear from you what we should be investigating and where you’d like to see us campaigning.

Should university be free?

Is it time to do the obvious thing and make England’s universities free again?

What is Britain’s role in the world now?

Britain must now reinvent itself for the 21st Century or risk being left out in the cold.

The beauty myth: what’s the price we pay to be pretty?

The cost to our happiness and mental health from our obsession with female and male beauty is incalculable.

Is Britain becoming more intolerant?

The supposedly heightened British sense of fair play seems to have been eroded when it comes to tolerance of different people and cultures.

Saturday 29 June

Why are we fiddling with plastic straws while the world burns?

We’re facing a climate change catastrophe and making the bare minimum of changes. Is it time for something more disruptive?

The future of the party: Labour

After the post-Corbyn surge in membership it’s the ‘biggest political party in western Europe’. It’s young – relatively – and vibrant. So why is Labour so tortured?

Democracy: Zuckerberg and Putin, partners in crime?

Our democracies urgently need protection from bad actors and foreign interference: immunisation against the virus of fake news and post truth.

Tattoos: an InkIn

Something deep is happening on our skin: an old taboo about body art has been broken in the space of just a few years.

What are we for?

It’s early days for Tortoise. We want to hear from you what we should be investigating and where you’d like to see us campaigning.

Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before?

When times are tough, societies look for scapegoats. It seems to be women’s turn.

Pay and perks: is inequality the price of prosperity?

Are we sacrificing the security and happiness of millions of working people in the name of an outdated dogma?

Things that cannot be said

How do we pick a path between what shouldn’t be said and what cannot be said?